@lucian It’s notable that you spam lobste.rs with your project at regular intervals, seemingly only changing its name and presenting it on a new domain. I get that perhaps you want to promote it and/or share work you’re proud of, but two suggestions: 1. if you keep promoting the same thing and people don’t use it, maybe something isn’t connecting there - maybe people don’t understand your value proposition or UI and you need to communicate it more clearly or change your UI or software (assuming you are trying to get more people to use it) 2. It doesn’t serve you to spam lobste.rs with a link to the same old page. Perhaps you want to provide some additional context - e.g. a post with what has changed since the last time you posted it? Any interesting underlying tech? Why you think this is relevant in the context of e.g. Mastodon
Thank you for catching this pattern.
@lucian congrats on your site, but a dozen submissions for it is enough, whatever the name. Please don’t submit it again.
Congratulations, you have just re-invented the WELL a “social network” invented in 1985.
Ah… nope. Not quite. I was on the WELL, and it was quite different than this. No hypertext, no emoji (no Unicode!), no character limits. Long-lived named ‘conferences’ or communities, not just anonymous ‘threads’. Private messages… even a Usenet gateway, I seem to recall?
The WELL was a BBS, and there were lots of BBSs out there, long before 1985. So, nice try at a sick burn, but this is very much Twitter Extra Lite.
I’m actually still on the well, and I stand by my snark. Hypertext and emojis are perfectly supported in an interface that supports them like https://engaged.well.com. There is of course, a lot of other features, as it’s basically a full-featured account on a linux (these days, used to be a Solaris, before my time I think it was VMS) server. If I wanted to be really mean, I would have said the OP re-invented the WELL, but with a stupid character limit, and none of the really interesting stuff, like conferences and private messages, but I was feeling generous. I’m well aware of BBSes, but the WELL managed to transcend being a simple BBS long before anyone else figured it out.
That’s cool. What I recall best about the WELL in the early nineties (when I got there via telnet from a borrowed university account dialup shell) was that it had interesting people discussing all kinds of interesting things. But, I was just a kid. I don’t imagine that any “social network” could recapture that social dynamic nowadays. Too much water under the bridge. The culture has changed.
I’m a little curious what you mean by “transcend”. Sure, of course it was a unique and interesting community, but I had accounts on a few BBSs back then, and the only technical advantage I recall was that WELL was some kind of Unix machine on the Internet, so it had telnet and gopher and usenet and email, just like all the universities and big corporations. The little BBSs of the day were mostly running on micros with a limited number of modems and phone lines.
I haven’t even thought about the WELL for decades, except I picked up an old paperback… one of these days I should give it a thorough review. Cheers!
I think of it as more than a BBS in that it fostered more of a sense of community and had more of a sense of place than your standard BBS of the day. I’m not sure how to describe it better than that. A BBS was just a place where you could leave messages and pick them up, whereas the WELL has an interactive element, cobbled together from various UNIX tools, that does much of what Facebook does today, with Messages, and Groups. Except it had those tools and that interactive element back in the 90s.
Why would someone want to use this when Mastodon is a thing?
Looks interesting! I’m curious to try it out, though I’m wondering something.
I assume “*” denotes required for signing up right? I can understand requiring an email, but why is a first name required? (Provided that my assumption is correct, of course.)
I mean sure, I could just use a fake name. But I’m genuinely curious of why it’s required, and not optional.
Because giving a name should be optional in my opinion.
On an unrelated note, I love the terms section in the about page. Really had a laugh when I saw it.